I have been a fan of racing all my life. In fact my entire family, besides my wife, are racing fanatics. My father drove street stock Wissota cars until an accident in Miller, SD caused him to spend 6 months in the hospital. Later he owned teams and hired drivers for tracks in Huron and Aberdeen, SD. I remember going to the local dirt track and my mom and I screaming for our favorite drivers. (Dave Marlowe need not apply). We all have our favorite drivers and teams. We even rib each other about how our drivers do during the season. However, there is one thing that we all hate and want abolished from the land of NASCAR. That is the ability of teams to start and park.
We had another instance of that in the Nationwide series at Bristol. The thing here is that the driver didn't want to follow that order. Jennifer Jo Cobb wanted to race. She was expecting to try and finish the best that she could in the event. 10 minutes before the start of the race, her owner told her to drive and then come in and park the car. She disagreed and then her owner said that he would have NASCAR Black flag her because she wasn't following his orders. So she took her own pit crew, since he didn't bring the team's pit crew and she took the tires that she bought to run this race and left. He was able to get another driver. Of course the car made it's first lap at Lap 141 of the race. Chris Lawson, the relief driver, made a whopping 4 laps in the car. I applaud Jennifer Jo Cobb for her stance that she was there to race and will race to the best of her ability to win the race. And it's going to be a black mark on her record because she had enough balls to tell a stupid owner that doesn't have the finances to compete in the Nationwide series that she was there to try and win the race.
This is stupid. NASCAR needs to haul this asshole owner into their trailer and have a nice discussion with him and the rest of the start and park owners out there, yes even Joe Nemechek. They should set the firm rule that if you have 3 start and park races in a season, then you are automatically done racing in that series for the rest of the season, both owner and driver. If you don't have the financial backing to race an entire race, don't show up. I am tired of having race teams that know they won't be finishing the race. They run 20 laps, take the car to the hauler, pack it away and wait until the race is over and get out of the track immediately. There are other levels for these owners to have cars and actually race for the victory. Look at the Late Model, ARCA, or Featherlite Series. The Top 3 divisions of NASCAR look amateurish when these things happen on a weekly basis. And I'm tired of caring about things that look like an amateur circus, even though I have 30 years of fandom to look back upon.